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A Tribute to the Grace Bumbry Concert in the Kennedy White House

A Tribute to the Grace Bumbry Concert in the Kennedy White House

One of today's most exciting vocal stars, Denyce Graves delivers a tribute to Kennedy Center Honoree Grace Bumbry's recital at the White House in 1962. Part of The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration.

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Part of The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
 
Continuing the Kennedy Center's celebration of the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's presidential inauguration, Denyce Graves lends her immense voice to pay tribute to the landmark 1962 White House concert that introduced 25-year-old African American mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry to America. A 2009 Kennedy Center Honoree, Bumbry broke social, racial, and artistic boundaries through the simple act of singing and embodied President Kennedy's commitment to both free artistic expression and civil rights.
 
Denyce Graves, who "sings with freedom and passion in a voice that seems to get only richer and more lustrous" (The Washington Post), honors Bumbry in a performance that references her historic concert. Included on the program is Duparc's L'invitation au Voyage, a favorite work of Mrs. Kennedy, who sang along into the President's ear in harmony with Grace Bumbry. This is a tribute not to be missed.

    

Program and Notes

    Christoph Willibald Gluck
    O del mio dolce ardor from Paride ed Elena
    Richard Strauss
    Morgen
    Richard Strauss
    Zueignung
    Henri Duparc
    Chanson triste
    Henri Duparc
    L'Invitation au voyage
    Henri Duparc
    Le Manoir de Rosemonde
    Aaron Copland
    Selections from Old American Songs
    Francesco Cilea
    Acerba voluttà from Adriana Lecouvreur
    Falla
    Siete canciones populares españolas
    Camillle Saint-Saëns
    Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix from Samson et Dalila

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